Gregory A THOMAS,
Natural Heritage Institute
World Hydropower Congress | 14-16 May 2019 | Paris
Gregory A Thomas is the Executive Director for the Natural Heritage Institute (NHI), which he co-founded in California in 1989. After an active career practicing natural resources law, he established the institute to help restore and protect water dependent ecosystems and the services they provide to sustain and enrich human life.
At the helm of the organisation, Gregory develops and manages NHI’s international system-wide water resources projects, with special emphasis on transboundary basins in South East Asia and Africa. He was the Chief of Party for NHI’s recent work with the Governments of Cambodia and Lao PDR to assess the feasibility of augmenting the power output from existing hydropower. This included floating solar panels to meet energy needs while also preserving the Mekong River fishery, the most productive in the world.
Gregory has authored several articles, including a chapter titled ‘Managing Infrastructure to Maintain Natural Functions in Developed Rivers’ in Water for the Environment published by Elsevier Press in 2017.